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New Support for Medicare Coverage of Intensive Counseling for Obesity

October 5th, 2011

If the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services needed any more support today for including intensive behavioral counseling for obesity as a covered service, it received it today from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF.)  The USPSTF today released an update of its 2003 recommendation, which was the basis for the Medicare proposal. The update review of literature clearly supports the value of intensive behavioral counseling. It concludes:

  1. Behaviorally based treatment resulted in 6.6 lb greater weight loss in intervention than control participants after 12-18 months, with more treatment sessions associated with greater loss.

  2. Controls generally lost little or no weight, whereas intervention groups lost an average of 4% of baseline weight.

  3. Weight-loss treatment reduced diabetes incidence in patients with pre-diabetes.

  4. Effects on lipids and blood pressure were mixed and small.

The update is published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Effectiveness of primary care-relevant treatm… [Ann Intern Med. 2011] – PubMed – NCBI

Maintenance and Effects of Weight Loss

September 27th, 2009

Commercial program shows impressive duration of weight loss Weight-loss maintenance 1, 2 and 5 years after suc…[Br J Nutr. 2008] – PubMed Result

Weight loss maintainers use several dietary strategies Use of artificial sweeteners and fat-modified food…[Int J Obes (Lond). 2009] – PubMed Result

Weight loss in obese diabetic and non-diabetic ind…[Diabetes Obes Metab. 2004] – PubMed Result

Overweight and obesity and weight change in middle…[J Epidemiol Community Health. 2005] – PubMed Result

Effect of weight loss on reducing lipids in obese women Reducing diet and/or exercise training decreases t…[J Am Coll Nutr. 2002] – PubMed Result

Effect of weight loss on reducing hypertension Long-term effects of weight loss and dietary sodiu…[Hypertension. 2000] – PubMed Result

Influences of weight loss on long-term diabetes ou…[Proc Nutr Soc. 2008] – PubMed Result

Losing weight improves quality of life even if weight is regained Health-related quality of life following a clinical weight loss intervention among overweight and obese adults: intervention and 24 month follow-up effects

Economic effect of weight loss treatments Systematic review of the long-term effects and eco…[Health Technol Assess. 2004] – PubMed Result